my budgie cant fly but his brother can

by Ryan
(Glasgow)

Merlin

Merlin

we purchased two baby budgies when they were 10 weeks old they couldnt fly and had no tail or flight feather . Yogi's feathers grew in and he soon learned to fly at about 3months of age.However his brother Merlin hasn't grew any feather in and can't fly i feel sorry for him as when yogi flys of leaving him behind he attempts to fly but falls to the ground . why cant he fly or his feathers havent grew in.

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Apr 08, 2010
answer to person below
by: Ryan

We didn't clip his wings he has never been able to fly .

Dec 27, 2009
Linda
by: Anonymous

P.S. What good is it to have birds if they can't fly. I would want my birds to fly,because that what they do! If you don't cut the flight feather, mybe the bird has a chance to survive....think about it!

Dec 27, 2009
Linda
by: Anonymous

Linda,your off base!I've own buggies for years,and they all fly around the house. They never hit the walls,never flew out the door,never got into things.
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Dec 26, 2009
my budgie cant fly but his brother can
by: Linda

Birds grow in their flight feathers at different times as they are each an individual. Why do you want them to fly all over the house? Houses are dangerous places for birds, and many birds kill themselves flying into walls, mirrors, windows and many other hazards. There is also the danger of them flying out the door when it is open. Once a bird is up above its home, it cannot find its way back and becomes hopelessly lost and will starve to death or become prey to cats, dogs or other animals out there. Much better to have trimmed the wing feathers.

I recommend you have the one's primary flight feathers trimmed. Just the 6 long ones on the end of the wing will be enough. This will allow them to glide to the floor and not fall like a rock, but will not allow them the lift to fly all over and get hurt. Wait for the other ones's feathers to come in and then make an appointment with an Avian Vet in your driving area so they can show you how to clip the primary flight feathers. Since birds usually molt twice a year, the feathers would need trimming once they are in and the blood has left the shafts. Feathers with blood in them will look a shade of purple when you look at them. Bloodless feathers will look white or clear. Cutting blood feathers can cause the bird to bleed out as it won't stop bleeding, so have an Avian Vet show you how and also show you blood feathers. What this means is to wait until the feather shafts are white or clear before taking them in. The only way to stop a broken and bleeding feather is to pull it straight out with a pair of needle-nosed pliers, so wait on the trim until the feathers are white or clear and not pink/purple.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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